This 1965 Kingston Electric Mandolin, Custom "Pear-Shaped" design
was clearly inspired by the "Mando-guitar" built by Vox.
The Kingston was made at the Nagoya Music Factory in Japan and
was produced between 1964 and 1967. It's one of the first
8-string "Solid Body" electric mandolins ever produced and
certainly was one of the best looking ones.
The Kingston is 15 3/4 scale, more Mandola than Mandolin. The
Mosrite style pick-up is the crucial difference with this model.
This mandolin has magnets that actually have a wire-bobbin wound
around them and produce a lot of sustain with a crisp clean sound
for pickin' or hittin' those chop chords.